Toronto could be nice soft landing for Clemmensen
After watching the Maple Leafs goalies flopping around last night and reading today’s stories in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun, it’s clear that the Leafs could use the steady services of Scott Clemmensen. Not that I’m trying to peddle Clem, because he’s one of the most stand-up athletes I’ve ever covered, but it’s obvious that rookie Jacob Markstrom is ready and the Panthers could have one of the best goalie tandems in the league with him and a resurgent Jose Theodore, who has been solid all season (5-2-2).
Leafs starter James Reimer has been on hazy street for 19 days with a concussion that no one is talking about. His backups have been awful – an over-the-hill Jonas ‘Monster’ Gustavsson and shaky rookie Ben Scrivens, who was pelted by the Bruins the other day. Gustavsson has allowed 24 goals in 7 starts and has a 3.78 GAA. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is a big fan of Clemmensen and apparently was considering him for the starting role after watching Clem in training camp before he sustained the knee injury that opened the door for the 21-year-old Swede to stick his oversized feet into. Clem will certainly get a start soon. If not Thursday against the Jets, who are coming off a 3-2-2 season-long road trip that included a shootout win over the Panthers, then during Thanksgiving when the Panthers play four games in six days.